Behold, the Standard Model, it ain’t beautiful, but it works!
Beauty is quite often in the eye of the beholder. It may not be as beautiful of a theory as we think it is, but everything we have in our modern world works because of it and several other provable theoretical constructs.
All of the technology we have built comes from these combined sets of theories AND they each work “Every Single Time” when they are tested and applied which are requirements number 1, 2 & 3 of real science and the technology that arises from it’s application.
Our entire industrialized civilization is built on our supposedly complete understandings of Thermodynamics, The Four Fundamental Forces & The Standard Model Of Particle Physics with Quantum Mechanics along for the ride because you cannot prove it is wrong. Everything tested 6 ways from Sunday to be absolutely mathematically correct to the smallest decimal point and infallible in practical use.
Then things start to get murky with developments concerning Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the last few years. Our current best direction of thinking about how it all really works is String Theory and following it would seem to suggest that what we currently think we know about how it all works is wrong, yet it still works.
So the question we now have to ask is, where did we go wrong? Or possibly more useful to ask is where do we start to go right again?
To quote something I read many years ago and have remembered to this day.
“We have not succeeded in answering all of your questions. The questions we have answered have only served to raise a new level of questions. We believe we are as confused as ever, but on a higher level, and about more important things”
Final thought regarding the Standard Model is a question that I have to ask myself whenever I think of the Particle Zoo “is any particle we can find actually real?”
CERN: The Standard Model Of Particle Physics: